Shahid Afridi and Suresh Raina reconcile after exchanging banter on social media

May 31, 2024

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Shahid Afridi, the ex-captain of Pakistan‘s cricket team, has shed light on his recent exchange with former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina on social media, resulting in Raina removing his comment. The situation arose following Afridi’s appointment as an ambassador for the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2024.

Beginning of the issue

The Pakistani reporter decided to tease Raina following a playful remark made by the retired Indian cricketer about Afridi. During his commentary stint at an IPL match, Raina was questioned whether he would consider coming out of retirement to play for India in the T20 World Cup. In response, Raina quipped, asserting his own identity distinct from Afridi’s. This sparked considerable chatter, reminiscent of Afridi’s surprising reversal of his retirement decision from the Pakistani cricket team.

“ICC has named Shahid Afridi as an ambassador for ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Hello Suresh Raina?” Pakistani Journalist posted on Twitter.

In response, Raina proudly mentioned possessing a treasure from the 2011 ODI World Cup in his abode. He swiftly reminisced about the electrifying semi-final clash between India and Pakistan in Mohali, where Pakistan faced a devastating defeat.

“I’m not an ICC ambassador, but I have the 2011 World Cup at my house. Remember the game at Mohali? Hope it brings back some unforgettable memories for you,” Raina replied on Twitter.

Raina and Journalist tweet (PC-Twitter)

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Shahid Afridi resolves the conflict with Suresh Raina

Following the tumultuous events, Raina decided to remove the tweet. Subsequently, Afridi addressed the situation on his YouTube channel, revealing that he had a conversation with Raina. He expressed understanding of the matter, likening their interaction to that of siblings. Afridi commended Raina’s character, acknowledging that occasional light-hearted banter is not uncommon on social media.

“Suresh Raina and I have shared many cricketing moments, and he’s a good person,” Afridi said on his YouTube channel.

“Sometimes, light-hearted banter happens. After seeing his post on social media, I spoke with him, and he understood the situation like a younger brother. He agreed to delete the tweet. It’s all good; these things happen. Great individuals acknowledge and rectify their mistakes,” Afridi added.

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